Managers are the key to workforce stability: an HRM approach towards improving retention of health professionals in remote northern Australia

Onnis, Leigh-Ann Lesley (2014) Managers are the key to workforce stability: an HRM approach towards improving retention of health professionals in remote northern Australia. In: Proceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. From: ANZAM 2014: 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 3-5 December 2014, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

Sound management practices, including effective employee-manager relationships, influence turnover and retention. Accordingly, in Australia's remote regions, where high turnover of health professionals is reported, the impact may be even more significant. This paper presents the findings from a study in tropical northern Australia that explored how a Human Resource Management (HRM) approach contributes to the stability of remote health workforces by examining the impact of the relationship between employees and their managers on retention. The study found that a supportive work environment and positive employee-manager relationships can improve workforce retention, so that those living in Australia's remote regions can experience better health outcomes through improved access to stable and consistent health services.

Item ID: 38223
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: management, recruitment, turnover, retention, employee engagement
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ISBN: 978-0-9875968-5-7
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 05:22
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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